June 26, 2016


by Eden Royce, 2015

Many novels, especially horror novels, I find, are over-written and padded.  That's one reason I prefer short stories.  That way, when the author has written everything she needs to write, she stops.  Or more correctly, she moves on to...

June 21, 2016


by Robert E. Krieg, 2016

After the frightful discovery of a mutilated corpse, the village of Woodmyst comes under the threat of shadowy figures.  The ante is upped as nights pass.  Their enemy is a master of the dark, luring victims outside and fe...

June 13, 2016


by Nuzo Onoh, 2016

Having read Onoh's earlier UNHALLOWED GRAVES, I was anxious for more of her tales of African horror. And once again, the message is, stay the hell out of Africa. Especially at night!

In Onoh's Africa, husbands are tyrants and bullies; wo...

April 19, 2016


by Jack Petersen, 2015


Nominally a sequel to Petersen's “Gold Camp”, this is the tale of an old time gold miner, up in the hills for years, trying to find that lucky strike.  However, he's doing this in the present day.


Zeb Bartholomew is a throwback to...

April 10, 2016


by Jack Petersen, 2013


Although set in the present-day, this book is a Western.  It starts out in Nevada, where the locals like to rope their dinner, and consuming alcohol is the prime goal in life.  More important, it feels like a Western, with honest men us...

April 1, 2016


by David Rheem Jarrett


Tom Pickering is a tough, middle-aged man with a philandering wife and a broken tooth.  He uses a gun to get rid of the philandering wife.  The tooth stays.

Tom (and the reader) only knows that the wife philanders because we jump...

March 21, 2016

by Pike Stephenson, 2016


There's a monster killing child murderers, gun-toting thugs, and rapists.  Kinda makes us root for the monster, doesn't it?

Our hero, Detective Kyle Poole, is tasked with solving the mystery of who is killing the suspects in his murder...

March 14, 2016


by Haydn Jones, 2015


I must say, not knowing what the story was about, and after reading ten pages of murder and domestic life in the English countryside, it was wild to find myself casually dropped into a work of fantasy reminiscent of Docto...

February 28, 2016

In October Weeks' novel, “The Damned,” we have the traditional plot of a vampire hunter on the trail of a vampire.  Actually, our heroine, Tuck Houston, is a vampire slayer, complete with supernatural, vampire-fighting abilities of her own.  She has super-strength, she...

February 22, 2016


by Melvin Rivers, 2015


Stan Jones, a talk show host of a paranormal radio show, has a dark secret.  And someone wanting the truth to come out is willing to turn to the paranormal for revenge.  What follows is a classic vampire story: a vampire ap...

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